A brief history of this book, page 1
by David Lucas Burge
The seed idea for Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: The Way
of Grace came during Teacher Training in Forges-Les-Eaux,
France, Christmas, 1992.
group had just gone to a room where we could practice
speaking out our introductory talks. Someone came
to the door and whispered to me, "Come, Gurudev
wants to see you." I left the group and followed.
I entered the door, I saw Sri Sri sitting comfortably
on a chair. The room felt very chilly.
sit on the floor, it's too cold," he told me
as I entered the room. I sat on a chair and immediately
he handed me some photos, saying, "Here,
these are for the book."
browsed through many photos, deciding which were good
enough for publication. Of course I did not know what
book Guruji was talking about. Later, he clarified
that the photos were for the "the 10th Anniversary
Book." As a dutiful secretary, I took careful
notes so that I could present them to the person in
charge of this project.
started to feel guilty about sitting on a chair (being
taller, I had to look down as we talked). So I finally
could not resist moving to the cold floor to sit at
his feet, placing photos all over the floor into various
piles as an excuse. (Next day I came down with a cold.)
Guruji and I sat and searched for the very best photos.
Unlike some devotees who might say that any photo
of the Master is great, I found myself telling him
that many of the photos were unusable or bland. I
pointed out a lively one and said, "You see,
it's good when the photo has some ..." -- and
then I stopped short.
he asked, reading my mind and filling in the missing
word that I was embarrassed to say. After all, I did
not want to imply that any of the photos of him lacked
character! We laughed, and this picture ended up in
the photo gallery (fourth
row, photo 11).
our meeting, I asked people who was in charge of this
"10th Anniversary Book." No one seemed to
know. After checking with many people who had been
around Sri Sri for awhile, Shirley and I finally realized
that Gurudev had wordlessly assigned this project
to me. Now what to do?
A wintertime stroll with the
Master, Forges-Les-Eaux, France, 1992
and I sent out announcements about the book to all
the centers. Wherever we traveled on courses, we asked
people for their input so we could get started with
this project. We were deluged with wonderful photos
and stories from friends and devotees around the world.
we did not officially start on the book right away.
We didn't even have a clue what to write about.
spent a lot of time travelling with Sri Sri in those
days, and each time we would come home and start to
feel settled, we found ourselves off again on a new
adventure. Soon we realized we would have to do less
jetting around -- and more work!
time marched on, we could no longer do a "10th
Anniversary Book" -- or even a "12th Anniversary
Book" ... so now what should we call it? ...
The authors with Sri Sri, Lake
Lucerne, Switzerland, 1997
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